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Exposures to environmental contaminants during critical windows of development can alter the course of normal development, with lifelong health consequences. Beaudin et al. used a rat model to demonstrate that early-life exposures to low levels of manganese affected adult behaviors such as attention and impulse control. These findings provide the biological plausibility that motivates further epidemiologic research on how manganese might alter neurodevelopment in children.

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Perinatal DDT Exposure Induces Hypertension and Cardiac Hypertrophy in Adult Mice

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In malaria-endemic regions of the world, DDT is still used to control the mosquitoes that spread this devastating disease. However, benefits of DDT spraying may be offset by risks to human health, especially when exposures occur during early life. La Merrill et al. used a mouse model to show that perinatal exposure to DDT causes hypertension later in life. Further, the same medication used to treat hypertension in humans was effective in lowering blood pressure in these mice, pointing to the underlying mechanism. Evidence from this study strengthens the need to protect pregnant women from DDT exposures.


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Smoking during pregnancy is known to adversely affect lung development in the fetus and add to the risk of respiratory disease risk later life. But does smoking during adolescence add to this risk? Drummond et al. addressed this question using a mouse model. They found that mice exposed to cigarette smoke prenatally and during adolescence fared worse than those exposed only in utero. This research further supports the importance of efforts to prevent teen smoking.

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Combined Effects of in Utero and Adolescent Tobacco Smoke Exposure on Lung Function in C57Bl/6J Mice

Bidirectional Transfer Study of Polystyrene Nanoparticles across the Placental Barrier in an ex Vivo Human Placental Perfusion Model

Current Children's Health Articles

Biomarker Levels of Toxic Metals among Asian Populations in the United States: NHANES 2011–2012
Poultry Consumption and Arsenic Exposure in the U.S. Population
Sex-Dependent Effects of Cadmium Exposure in Early Life on Gut Microbiota and Fat Accumulation in Mice
Soy Formula and Epigenetic Modifications: Analysis of Vaginal Epithelial Cells from Infant Girls in the IFED Study

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